Dr Silke Panse

Reader in Film, Art & Philosophy, UCA Canterbury

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Dr Silke Panse explores documentary moving images in relation to nature, art, film, television and continental philosophy. She works across theory and practice.

Silke’s research examines documentary moving images and their human and nonhuman protagonists and environments. She was the co-investigator of the Screening Nature Network (2013-14) and has written about documentary eco-aesthetics in Screening Nature: Cinema beyond the Human (2013).

She has co-edited A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television (2014) which includes her chapter ‘The Judging Spectators in the Image’ as an example of television as philosophy.

For A Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film (2015) she was the sub-editor of the theme on ‘Work’ and wrote about the material labour of aesthetics of the documentary protagonist.

She wrote about the immaterial labor of the documentary protagonist in Marx at the Movies (2014). In Rethinking Documentary (2008), she contrasted the labor of defense of the protagonist in western interview documentaries with the aesthetics of trust in the GDR documentary series The Children of Golzow (1961- 2007).

Her chapter ‘“The Bullets confirm the Story told by the Potato”: Materials without Motives in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2007) examines object subjectivity. 

Silke has explored documentary as painting with respect to Alexandr Sokurov’s Elegy of a Voyage in Third Text (2006) and looked at ‘What Drawings Can Do That Films Can’t’ in Blind Movies (2009). 

Silke sometimes makes one-shot films such as Snow Business which has been shown at the Whitechapel Gallery. She has taught in film, art and media departments in the UK on BA, MA and PhD level and has received her PhD from the Film Studies department of the University of Kent in 2007.

The School of Fine Art & Photography website 

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Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

Silke has peer-reviewed for the publishers Bloomsbury and Wallflower Press, for the journals Deleuze Studies, Screen and the Journal for Media Practice, and for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015 as well as a member of the Society for Film and Media Studies and the Society of Authors, and a co-leader of the Documentary Special Interest Group of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

External examination:

  • BA Filmmaking, Kingston University (2013-2017)
  • MA Screen Documentary, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2012-2016)
  • Opponent at the practice-based Fine Art PhD of Elke Marhöfer at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University (2015)

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

Silke was granted funding for the symposium Ethics, Art and Moving Images (2016) from the University for the Creative Arts and the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent.

Silke was also the co-investigator of the Screening Nature Network (2013-14) which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board.  Screening Nature symposia and screenings took place at the Whitechapel Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Horse Hospital, the Goethe-Institut and Queen Mary University in London.

Moreover, she received funding from the British Academy for the symposium and retrospective Werner Herzog’s Cinema between the Visionary and the Documentary (2005) at the Goethe-Institut and Institut Francais in London.

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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